The group was officially formed last year and is hoping to grow
in size and expand globally.
The aim is to give women in the industry a forum for
networking, mentoring, education and career advancement.
It was founded by Jessica Titlebaum, an editor/producer at
John Lothian Newsletters, and Leslie Sutphen,
Newedge’s global head of e-solutions.
The two women each set up their own group, then combined the
two to form Wild. Titlebaum got together a group of young
professional women in Chicago and Sutphen organised a group of
women in the industry who started meeting at the FIA Boca Raton
conference three years ago.
"It started out being somewhat social," Sutphen said. "It
was a nice, refreshing change to have our own social
At the moment there are about 175 women on the
organisation’s mailing list. Titlebaum said this
was growing constantly, mainly by word of mouth.
Wild has members in different parts of the world and hopes
to form regional branches. It plans to open a European branch
called Wilder (Wild European Region) and an Asian branch called
"I think what makes us so unique is that
we’re just listed derivatives. We’re
a very niche group," said Titlebaum. "We have some great women
in this industry."
So far the group has focused on organising social and
networking events, but it plans to start educational events
soon. Sutphen said that in the third quarter of 2010, the group
aims to hold a panel discussion.
Katherine Murray, Patsystems’ global head of
marketing, is one of the founding members of Wild and is on the
organisation committee, which meets monthly. She is liaising
with women in London to form a regional group, called Wilder.
"The mission of the organisation certainly doesn’t
stop in Chicago," she said.
She added that it gave women in the industry the opportunity
to "stick together, share wisdom and transfer knowledge".
"It’s a comfortable environment for women to
get together," she said.
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